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Initial post: Jun 12, 2008 10:10:25 PM PDT
Filmdog says:
I am a film maker who is looking for new material. Books by lesser known authors that would make great films. Preferably thrillers, mystery, political thrillers, crime, historical fiction.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2008 10:12:21 PM PDT
geez, stacey: post that same question on the "shameless self-promotion" thread and you'll get all kinds of responses :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2008 10:20:15 PM PDT
Filmdog says:
Thats o.k if it leads to a an interesting discovery

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 13, 2008 2:54:05 AM PDT
HI,
I have not had a person read my book without saying what a great movie it would make. There is a large audience for the topic. Please read the synopsis on Elixir ISBN number 978-0615205168. Patrick.
PS it has only been listed on Amazon for a couple of weeks.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 13, 2008 3:09:48 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 13, 2008 4:44:39 AM PDT
Check out the website www.elixirmakesUwonder.com, It will give you a good overview

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 13, 2008 7:37:52 AM PDT
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Vince S says:
Blue Diamonds by Spencer Dane

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2008 8:07:44 AM PDT
Amie says:
you should check out "torpedo" by jeff edwards, "antarktos rising" by jeremy robinson and "strike of the black mamba" by ian kruger

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2008 9:36:43 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 26, 2008 2:51:42 PM PDT
BOOKNUT says:
I am new to this forum, but I would recommend four novels by John Mackie-a series. MANHATTAN SOUTH, MANHATTAN NORTH, EAST SIDE, and WEST SIDE. Published in mass-market paperback original by NAL/Penguin. They have very cinematic plots and sensational, memorable characters. Everybody in my reading club (all women) agrees they would make fantastic films. It's NY City detective stuff. My vote for best movie of the bunch would be NORTH. Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2008 9:50:00 AM PDT
J. Violette says:
You should consider 'Ice Zone' by Derek Lane. A crime thriller that would make a great movie.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2008 7:27:28 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 19, 2008 7:28:16 PM PDT
Check out John Paul Carinci's novels. We have a serious investor looking into Better Off Dead, a mafia fiction thriller, avail. on Amazon.
There are 3 other novels still avail.: In Exchange Of Life, A Second Chance, Better Off Dead (the sequel)
check out the website: www.jpauthor.com or Amazon...
JP

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2008 8:20:38 PM PDT
Barbra Hambley's "Bride of the Rat God." It's set in 1920s Hollywood. The heroine is a silent film star who usually stars in really tacky movies. Her lover gives her an ancient Chinese necklace which sets her up to be the "bride" of the Rat God. The action splits between LA, the backlots, and the desert. The characters are fun, and the adventure-mystery is well-done.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2008 9:39:15 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 19, 2008 9:42:08 PM PDT
Rai Aren says:
Hey Filmdog - my book is an interesting discovery!! It is called Secret of the Sands, and it is a mystery/speculative sci-fi novel about ancient Egypt. It lends itself extremely well to the big screen, as we always envisioned it as a movie as we were writing it, being big fans ourselves of action adventure movies that deal with epic themes. Below are a couple of blurbs about it, as well as a recent review (one of our many 5-star reviews) that mentioned its film-worthiness... :)

We have a website & very popular, active MySpace page which you are welcome to browse to learn more about both us and our book.

Nice to meet you!

Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands
www.secretofthesands.com
e-mail: rai-tavius@secretofthesands.com

MySpace link:
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=310050637

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For 12,000 years a dark and deadly secret has been hidden deep below the Great Sphinx of Giza. In present day Egypt, a frightening, yet awe-inspiring story unravels as archaeologists race against time to decipher an ancient truth...

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"A deep probing mystery riddled with prophecy and danger, Secret of the Sands uses Egypt and her mythology as a backdrop to delve into the meanings of life and religion." -McNally Robinson

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5.0 out of 5 stars "Secret Of The Sands has BLOCKBUSTER written all over it!"
May 20, 2008, By Gary V. Tenuta "Author of The Ezekiel Code"

"Fans of what might be called the "Indiana Jones" genre of fiction will be thrilled with Secret Of The Sands. Like a race horse on steroids it blasts out of the gate in the opening prologue and doesn't stop running until it reaches the finish line.

This remarkably well conceived and well executed first-time novel by Rai Aren and her co-author, Tavius E. is loaded with adventure, prophecy, mystery, secrets, deception, epic-scale battles, romance, good guys, bad guys, liers, cheaters, scoundrels, and, of course, heroes.

The action in the story alternates back-and-forth between ancient Egypt and modern-day Egypt. The trasitions between timelines are virtually seamless and, rather than interrupting the flow of the story this plot device actually enhances the flow of the story. The two modern-day archaeologists, Alexandria (Alex, for short) and Mitch, are working on a dig near the Great Sphinx when Alexandria stumbles (literally) onto a mystery that will change their lives, and possibly the future of the world, forever. The reader follows along with Alex and Mitch as they try to unravel the clues to this mystery, the origin of which goes 10,000 years back into the pre-history of Egypt, a complete society unknown to the pages of history, a Royal Family, and a King with a dream and a secret that could unleash a power of unimaginable consequences. Throughout the book the authors skillfully break from the modern-day action, transport the reader back into the ancient past, and totally immerse the reader into the multifaceted and intriguing back story of that mysterious royal family and the events that ultimately created the mystery that Alex and Mitch are desperately trying to unravel in the present.

Secret Of The Sands is a thrill-ride, complete with humorous interludes, that ends with a set-up for a sequel and this reviewer is chomping at the bit, waiting for that sequel to be released.

Disney/Pixar, Spielberg, Lucas please take note. This book has BLOCKBUSTER written all over it."

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2008 3:32:01 AM PDT
PILATE: A Brutal Bible Tale by Steven Rage
Is it blasphemy to ask What If?

Phoenix, Arizona - May **, 2008 - With his horror novel Pilate: A Brutal Bible Tale author Steven Rage tackles a delicate and controversial topic: "How would Jesus have coped with the problems of our society?"

Set in modern times in a city controlled by vampires, monsters and demons, a female Jesus known as Immanuel struggles with drugs, brutality, violence, and sex. Will the re-incarnated Pontius Pilate, now a drug lord vampire, save Her from succumbing or wash his hands once again?

Guaranteed to shock many and offend even more, Pilate: A Brutal Bible Tale is not for the faint of heart. "With graphic scenes of violence, sex and torture Steven Rage has given us a view of Christ's final days had He lived in our modern world," says Mary Menzel of BookHuntersBlog.com.

In an interview with AllTheseBooks.com Steven Rage explains his bold decisions for Pilate: A Brutal Bible Tale: "Why not have a horror novel that is based on a bible story, set in modern times, with the grit and grime of drugs and organized crime with suspense sprinkled throughout?" And why a female Jesus? "I think the desire and willingness to sacrifice your life and to subject yourself to torture and defilement for those you see as your children is an inherent female trait."

The provocative Pilate: A Brutal Bible Tale dares to go where few have gone before: "I always wanted to write a bible-inspired story based in modern times that had no intention of pandering to anyone; a story that treats both Dark and Light with the respect all the holy ones, prophets, and deities deserve," says Steven Rage. Does he think he is committing blasphemy? "If I would not have treated Immanuel of The Harbor, Jesus of Nazareth, with anything but the utmost respect and adoration, I would be blasphemous."

By transferring age-old stories to new settings Steven Rage opens up a wicked new world - welcome to Pilate: A Brutal Bible Tale.

About the book:
Pilate: A Brutal Bible Tale by Steven Rage

* Paperback: 284 pages; $12.95
* Publisher: Outskirts Press (January 5, 2008)
* Language: English
* ISBN-10: 1432717979
* ISBN-13: 978-1432717971

About the author:
Steven Rage currently resided in Phoenix, Arizona, where he is hard at work on two sequels to Pilate: A Brutal Bible Tale: JONAH JOB and THE DARK MINISTER. More information can be obtained by visiting AllTheseBooks.com, MySpace.com/StevenRage, AmazonConnect.com/VampirePilate and www.OutSkirtsPress.com. Read the full interview and review at BookHuntersBlog.com

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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2008 9:32:21 AM PDT
Check out my novel "The Shenandoah Spy" which is available on Amazon.com. Contact me at the Brass Cannon Books web site.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2008 12:14:44 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 23, 2008 12:15:25 PM PDT
May I recommend Titanic: Relative Fate by V.C. King. It's thriller/suspense but with the elements of mystery (this is where Barnes & Noble places it in their store), crime and historical fiction (though set in modern-day.) No icebergs, thanks to global warming, so perhaps it has some political tie (kidding.)

Link in Amazon:

TITANIC: RELATIVE FATE

Good luck in your search.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2008 1:43:46 PM PDT
Rai Aren says:
Hey Victoria,

I just thought I would say hello. I have actually heard really good things about your book from a few different places/sources, it's been highly recommended. I am going to add your book to my Amazon wishlist & my Listmania list ("eclectic reads..."). Are you on MySpace?

Cheers,

Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands
www.secretofthesands.com

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2008 2:35:34 PM PDT
Jay Lumbert says:
Take a look at The Alchemist Conspiracy and The Varicose Vigilantes by Jay Lumbert. Both would make excellent films. One would be a cross between Ludlum and Dan Brown. The other would be like a more edgy Cocoon.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2008 3:16:21 PM PDT
Faddy Malone says:
Check out Chasing Hunter by Cort Malone. Dennis B. himself has reviewed it, and many others have said that they think it would make an outstanding film. Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2008 7:27:15 PM PDT
Hi Rai,

Great to hear from you. And it's great to hear that there is some "buzz" surrounding my book. I appreciate you adding it to your lists. Thanks!!

And, yes, I'm on MySpace (though fairly new, so I'm still learning the ropes. You can find me by searching for Victoria King.) What about you? Are you on MySpace?

V.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2008 9:44:06 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 25, 2008 9:46:42 PM PDT
Rai Aren says:
Hey Victoria - great to hear back from you! Yes, I am on MySpace, it's been really great for me in reaching a larger audience for my book. It came recommended to me from another author who said he noticed his sales improved quite a bit from his activities there. I know some others are on Facebook too, some are in both places, but I just don't have the time to do both.

I'm going to zip over to MySpace right now & find you - a friend invite will be coming your way shortly, unless you don't allow invites from "bands" (I have a music profile for its enhanced features & different layout). I can help you with MySpace tips if you ever need, I'm fairly new too, but I have learned a lot from mimicking what I've seen others do, reading through MySpace tutorials, and lots & lots of good ole trial and error!

Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands
www.secretofthesands.com

"A deep probing mystery riddled with prophecy and danger, Secret of the Sands uses Egypt and her mythology as a backdrop to delve into the meanings of life and religion." -McNally Robinson

For 12,000 years a dark and deadly secret has been hidden deep below the Great Sphinx of Giza. In present day Egypt, a frightening, yet awe-inspiring story unravels as archaeologists race against time to decipher an ancient truth...

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2008 9:57:54 PM PDT
Rai Aren says:
Ok - your profile isn't jumping out at me. I'll keep looking for "Victoria King", but in the meantime, here's the link to my page:

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=310050637

If you find me first, send me a friend invite :)

Rai

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2008 10:52:37 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 25, 2008 10:58:07 PM PDT
Hello Filmdog -

Here's my entry for your consideration. Considering the growing interest in the 2012 end-of-the-Mayan-calendar prophecies, the timing on this one couldn't be better.

THE EZEKIEL CODE - By Gary Val Tenuta
A Metaphysical/Mystery/Adventure/Thriller on a grand scale.

"2012 is coming...The clock is ticking...The code must be deciphered...And only one man can save the planet...If he can just figure out how - before it's too late."

See the video trailers and read the cliff-hanger prologue and a sample chapter at www.ezekielcode.com.

"Entertaining and enlightening."
- Jay Weidner, documentary producer and co-author of Mysteries of the Great Cross of Hendaye

"An amazing feat."
- Peter A. Gersten, editor, PAG eNews

Press Release

It's all here in one puzzling page-turner of a novel: conspiracy, codes, secret societies, ancient mysteries, the prophetic Mayan calendar end-date of 2012, alternative interpretations of Biblical events, mystifying metaphysics, good guys, bad guys, murder most foul and, yes, even a touch of romance. All of this, and more, is intricately woven into the multifaceted storyline of THE EZEKIEL CODE.

Gary Val Tenuta - former contributing writer for Fate Magazine and a guest on numerous radio programs (including Dreamland, hosted by best selling author Whitley Strieber and The X-Zone hosted by Rob McConnell) - has crafted an exciting mystery novel with an esoteric edge that may upset certain segments of the population while at the same time enthralling others with it's alternative perspective on reality and its vision for the future.

From its cliff-hanger prologue to its pulse-pounding climax, THE EZEKIEL CODE is a skillful blend of fact and fiction with likable, vividly developed characters: Zeke Banyon, a handsome Catholic seminary dropout who now runs a homeless shelter in Seattle's old waterfront district and Angela Ann Martin, an attractive young widow who just wants a simple part-time job at the shelter. But a single twist of fate turns their simple lives upside down when together they stumble onto a mysterious code and a rumor about a lost scroll penned by the prophet, Ezekiel, thousands of years ago. They soon find themselves thrust into a world of secret societies, metaphysics, mystery, and murder as they jet across continents in a race to understand the code that will lead them to an ancient artifact of profound importance. Dodging rogue Jesuit priests at every turn, they soon discover it's not just their own lives that are in danger but the lives of everyone on the planet.

2012 is coming... The clock is ticking... the code must be deciphered... and only one man can save the planet - if he can just figure out how - before it's too late.

THE EZEKIEL CODE, a 2008 EVVY Award nominee, is available now.

See the video trailers and read the cliff-hanger prologue and a sample chapter at www.ezekielcode.com.

The Ezekiel Code
By Gary Val Tenuta
ISBN -13: 978-1-4327-0650-0
688-Page Paperback (6x9)
Published by Outskirts Press (www.outskirtspress.com)
Contact the author: TheEzekielCode@aol.com
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Synopsis:

1887 AD:
A fabled "lost scroll", scribed by the prophet Ezekiel, comes into the hands of a secret society, the Order of the New Dawn. Brother Hiram - a mystic priest of the Order - has a vision in which he sees the year 2012 as an unprecedented window of opportunity for the next step in the evolution of human consciousness. He also sees something coming that could prevent the window from opening and would seal the fate of humankind forever. He realizes the Lost Scroll and his vision have a strange but vital connection. In an attempt to save the future he devises a coded message that he hopes will one day find it's way into the hands of someone who can prevent the greatest catastrophe the modern world has ever known.

1999 AD:
Frank McClintock - a self-styled adventurer and researcher of ancient mysteries comes into possession of the coded parchment. But an unfortunate fate awaits him and the parchment will remain hidden for another six years.

2005 AD:
Zeke Banyon, a Catholic seminary dropout, is running a homeless shelter in the old waterfront district of Seattle. He and his assistant, Angela, unwittingly stumble upon the code and soon find themselves thrust into a world of secret societies, metaphysics, mystery, and murder. In the process of trying to understand the code Banyon discovers a disturbing truth about himself and the extraordinary fate that awaits him... and us. No amount of seminary schooling could ever have prepared him for this.

2012 is coming...
The clock is ticking...
The code must be deciphered...
And only one man can save the planet...
If he can just figure out how - before it's too late.

See the video trailers and read the cliff-hanger prologue and a sample chapter at www.ezekielcode.com

I got an idea! Let's make a movie! :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2008 4:10:23 AM PDT
Rai Aren & Victoria:
Pardon the intrusion, but some artist friends really help me put together a nice myspace layout. With blogs and links myspace has a great deal of potential. So check out myspace.com/stevenrage to see. Also, Marius at allthesebooks.com do some great PR for little scratch...best of luck to you all!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2008 8:27:50 AM PDT
Rai Aren says:
Hey Steven - I'm going to reply to your post over at the shameless forum... :)

Rai
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